Budden was robbed while he was working at his job as a taxi driver over the weekend, the culprits taking off with the extra money he had been saving for a long-anticipated trip to the city.
Following news of his robbery, the town of Gander stepped up to look after one of their own.
Steele Hotels, which is associated with Legends Lounge and Grill, organized a night for Budden at the Capital Hotel in St. John’s to help with the costs of his trip.
“I didn’t expect that,” said Budden, who was going to the city to drop off his wife for back surgery and to visit his daughter. “We found out about it on the way to the city.”
Furthermore, a family friend set up a GoFundMe page on behalf of Budden, setting a modest goal of $500 to assist with costs.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the page had almost $1,500 raised. One sponsor even donated $1,000 anonymously.
“I don’t know who it was, and to be honest with you, I don’t even know what to say,” said Budden.
Overall, Budden said he was humbled by the generousity of the town, but he isn’t surprised.
“I know when anybody is in dire need, people can say what they like about Gander people, but they step up. If they can chip in and help out, that’s the types that they are,” he said.
The RCMP had contacted Budden on Tuesday to let him know that his wallet, with all of his identification, had been recovered.